December 2nd, 2018


As a full-time pro for over 25 years, the gear I take on assignment depends on what is needed. Contrary to what it might look like, I prefer to work with the minimum amount of equipment.

My personal kit is a Leica Q with 28mm f1.7 Summilux lens. Often, I’ll add a Leica M9 and a 90mm lens for the option of a tighter crop. If I feel really adventurous, I’ll carry along my DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone with its 28mm fov Hasselblad lens.

Being familiar with the gear is most important to me. To that end, I’ve always carried some form of Leica in my kit – a camera I’ve used since 1979.

When Leica discontinued their R system in 2009, I switched to the autofocus Canon EOS DSLR. Now, in 2019, I’m considering the Leica S3 medium format digital camera as my primary rig for high end jobs. The 64 MP sensor promises to be great, and the lenses are among the best in the world.

Until the Leica S3 becomes available, I will continue to use the Leica S 007 introduced in 2014. I carry a minimum of three Canon DSLR camera bodies for my editorial work, each with its own lens attached. My Canon cameras are normally mounted with 16-35mm f/4 IS-L, 50mm f/1.4, and 70-200mm f/2.8 II IS-L lenses. A 250D close-up lens converts the 50mm into a usable macro. A 1.4X extender III makes for a longer and closer focusing telephoto.

Specialty lenses like Canon’s 14mm f2.8 EF-L II, 15mm f/2.8 fisheye, 24mm f/1.4 L II, 35mm f/2 IS-II, 24-105 f4 IS-L, and 500mm f4 IS L are also enlisted as needed. Leica’s discontinued 80mm f/1.4 R-lens has the best bokeh around and was adapted to my Canon cameras. The Leica 180mm f3.4 APO-R lens continues to be one of the lightest solutions for a longer telephoto with outstanding rendering, so it’s my back up.

One or more Gitzo tripods are implemented with a ball head/pan head and cable release. GoPros and DJI drones are employed for specialized filmmaking and unusual still angles.

The Profoto B1X 500 and Godox 600 have proven ideal for portable flash, so a pair or two of these is added to the kit as needed. A pair of Canon Speedlites with modifiers provide supplementary fill. A Zacuto Z-finder and a Rode microphone handle basic video. My Apple Macbook Pro with two Lacie external hard drives is essential.

Photography equipment is simply a tool. Seeing and having something to say are MUCH more important. That said, I look for gear that is not only of the highest quality, lightweight, and easy to use, but also produces characterful rendering.

Note: The following list is constantly being updated



#1 DP Carry On – Rolling Pelican Case

Leica Q camera with 28mm 1.7 Asph-IS lens – on person
Canon EOS 5DS R camera
Canon EOS 5D Mk III camera
Canon EOS 1DX camera
Canon 16-35mm f4 EF-L IS lens
Canon 24mm f1.4 EF-L II or 15mm f2.8 EF lens
Canon 35mm f2 EF IS-II lens
Canon 50mm f1.4 EF lens w/ 250D close-up lens
Canon 70-200mm f2.8 EF-L IS II lens
Canon Tele-Extender 1.4X III
Extra storage cards, batteries, chargers
Zacuto Z-finder, Rode microphone
Polarizers, ND filters, remote release
Sensor cleaning kit
Empty backpack

DP Additonal Carry On (Filson Wet Bag):

DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone w/ spare batteries
Leica M-E with 18mm and 90mm lens
Lacie Hard Drive
Headphones, music, sunscreen, eye drops, passport, phone, wallet, money, papers

#2 Asst. Carry On – Pelican Case

Canon EOS 5D Mk III camera with Canon 24-105mm f4 EF-L IS lens – on person
15mm f2.8 EF or Canon 24mm f1.4 EF-L II lens
Leica S 007 and lenses
GoPro 3+ Black w/ bacpac battery and viewer, plus mounts
VarioColor LED
Zacuto Z-finder, Rode microphone
Portable 8-track recorder
More storage cards and batteries
Gaffer tape

Asst. Additonal Carry On (Backpack):

Clothes, passport, money, computer & external HD, dopp kits

#3 Checked Bag – Pelican Cases in Filson Wet Duffel Bag

Gitzo 320 or 400 tripod w/ Micro-D 360 ball head
Gitzo 226 tripod w/ Leica ball head
Rhino slider
DJI Mavic Air drone w/ spare batteries (back up)
Profoto B1X and Godox 600 portable lighting kit, Pocket Wizards, flash adaptor rings
Canon 600EX-RT flash units
Interfit battery
Leica SF20 flash
Soft boxes, light stands, sandbags
Tenba or backpack shoot bag

#4 Checked Bag – Pelican Case or Rolling Cooler

Leica 80mm f1.4 R lens converted to Canon
Leica 135mm M-lens
Leica 180mm f3.4 APO-R lens converted to Canon
Canon 14mm f2.8 EF-L II lens (as needed)
Canon 500mm f4 EF-L IS lens (as needed)
More clothes
More GoPros, batteries, chargers, mounts
Bogen fluid head
Leitz table tripod, Super Clamps, and ball head
Charging accessories



As needed. All of the above, plus another assistant:

Portable automotive studio
Leica 60mm f2.8 R Macro converted to Canon
Mathews suction cups and Manfrotto Super Calmps
Marshall monitor, cables
Rode Blimp with Sennheiser shotgun microphone
Soft boxes for ProFoto
A/C Flash, soft boxes
Tungsten Lighting: Lowell Tota-light kit
Daylight Lighting: LED lights, Westcott 150W Ice Light
Portable Studio: Overhead Silk, Backdrops and free-standing support stands
Manfrotto Avenger C stands, Super Clamps sand bags
Camera Car, Harness
Broom, ladder

More for Production Video:

Gitzo 400 or 500 tripod and large Bogen fluid head
KenLab Gyrostabilizer
Roxant Pro camera stabilizer for GoPro
Wimberly head
More Leica R fixed lenses converted to Canpn
Zacuto eyepieces, Marshall monitors and hoods
Hasselblad Pro lens shades, filter adapters
Leitz table tripod with ball head, dolly roller
Handgrip, roller table, light meter


As needed, All of the above, plus two or more strong assistants:

More Gear for Stills (All Rented):

Leica S3 camera and lenses for 64 MP, Phase One IQ4 for 150 MP
More portable ARRI and AC flash systems
More light stands, soft boxes, umbrellas and grids
Analog: Leica M system, Leica SL/R system, Canon EOS, Hasselblad V system, Fuji G617, Nikonos IV

More Gear for Video (All Rented):

Steady Cam and operator
Canon C300 cameras, Arri Mini, Alexa and/or Red Epic with Leica lenses
Bron Kobold or Joker Bug HMI
Marshall monitors, audio rigs
Various handgrips, rigs, sticks, sliders, rollers & dollies
More Drones
Chase Car


Note that there is back up redundancy throughout. After the shoot, the used digital cards stay in a secure holder inside a zippered vest pocket on my person. As soon as I return to my hotel, the RAW files are backed up on my computer, Dropbox, and two hard drives. The drives are kept in different locations, or one is FedExed home. I love what I do, but I’ve also learned not to assume anything.